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Chapel Hill, North Carolina Schools Guide

Whether you’re relocating with young scholars or pursuing higher education yourself, you want to know that your new hometown has great schools. Those seeking knowledge will find plenty to like about Chapel Hill, North Carolina

For the Littlest Students

Preschool lays the foundation for many of the skills youngsters will need in elementary schools, so it’s important to start them off right. Chapel Hill’s highly regarded Elizabeth Sewall Elementary School also offers pre-kindergarten, and receives high marks for its enthusiastic teachers and approachable administration. For kids who might benefit from a preschool-only experience, there’s Chapel Hill Co-Op Preschool, where teachers are cheerful and well-educated, and the focus is on development, not just day-care.

Elementary Schools

Woods Charter School is a K-12 that garners rave reviews from parents and students, alike. They cite enthusiastic, supportive teachers; small class sizes; and a nurturing atmosphere as pluses. Previously mentioned Elizabeth Sewall Elementary also gets good grades post preschool, and Glenwood Elementary gets nods for its Mandarin Immersion Program, diversity, and parent-faculty engagement.

Middle Schools

Chapel Hill’s Guy Phillips Middle School is a 6-8 that boasts a great academic atmosphere, skilled teachers, and plentiful extra-curricular activities. R D and Euzelle Smith Middle School and Grey Culbreth Middle School are also notable among Chapel Hill’s 6-8s.

High Schools

Woods Charter School K-12 keeps kids learning and parents happy. In addition to being among Chapel Hill’s best elementaries, its high school program is top-notch. East Chapel Hill High School is recognized as an Honor School of Excellence, and 90% of its students are at or above grade level. Emerson Waldorf School is an impressive private PK-12 institution whose high school program is a big contributor to their excellent reputation.

Colleges

No discussion of Chapel Hill Schools would be complete without a nod to UNC Chapel Hill, which offers distinguished graduate and professional programs, and a reputation that speaks for itself. Chapel Hill is also home to the Kenan-Flagler Business School, known for its quality business education programs, and top-notch faculty.


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Chapel Hill School Ratings from GreatSchools.org